THE SACRED SHADOW – Courtney Cohen


In “The Sacred Shadow” by Courtney Cohen,  we eagerly enter into the daily mysteries of God’s Kingdom, as God Himself communicates spiritual truths to His people, eternal secrets and sacred mysteries,  hidden in the shadows, to be found by all who seek them. A great light shines on a solid reality, casting a shadow, to represent a solid truth. Courtney leads us to this solid truth and the Great Light behind it, as she draws back the veil that limits our natural senses, to reveal Christ in our daily lives. Everything around us points to a deeper truth, a clearer revelation of reality.  In a fresh, truthful perspective,  Courtney shows us how Science, no enemy of God, discovers God’s creation.

“The Sacred Shadow” takes us on a spiritual journey of discovery,  from Adam’s fall to God’s redemptive plan for mankind, focusing on the Light of Christ as our only source of salvation. God whispers to us in His Word and reigns in an unseen Kingdom. We live as eternity-dwellers in God’s Kingdom. This is our only true reality. This world is actually a glimpse of another world, God’s Kingdom, the spiritual world,  eternity,  which Courtney calls “the realer real.” Explore the exquisite mysteries of God’s Kingdom and the nearness of His Presence. Perceive the present reality in its truest sense, as God makes Himself clearly known, though we squint against His light, being unused to its dazzling brightness. The longer we bask in the sunlight of God’s glory, the clearer we perceive the grandeur of His kingdom.

The Church is the bride of Christ, our heavenly Bridegroom, with whom the bride lives in His Kingdom. This world is like a shadow, reminding us of a greater, realer substance,  the Kingdom. God created the shadow to bear witness to the substance, this world, to show us what the Kingdom looks like. Yet we often live only in the shadow, despite God’s invitation into His substance. Let us press into the sacred shadow and through it, into God and His Kingdom, to find Him here and now. Turn on God’s light to see a clearer reflection of reality. The realest real is only seen face-to-face. Come and taste God’s love, as you see Him, in the Spirit-filled pages of “The Sacred Shadow.”

Our senses-oriented life is the shadow. The physical realm is a shadow of the spiritual realm. God uses the physical realm to teach us about Him. Let us press past the shadow of our physical lives to where God calls His bride, the Church, to join Him in the real spiritual world, the realer real, here on earth. The physical realm of this world is the shadow. The spiritual realm of God’s Kingdom is the substance. God reveals His Kingdom to us through earth’s realities. We must grasp the reality of God’s Kingdom beyond the shadow of this world. “These are a shadow of the things to come,  but the substance belongs to  Christ” – (Colossians 2:17). That substance is God’s Kingdom. Christ is the Bridegroom, with authority over His Kingdom, which exists in us, the Church, when we surrender our lives to God. Christ’s light reveals His Kingdom to us in the spiritual realm. When we open our eyes to God’s light, His Presence fills our lives to illuminate the substance, God’s Kingdom, as the greatest reality, the realest real, of all realities. 

Miriam Jacob


Always We Begin Again – Leanna Tankersley


“Always We Begin Again,” a challenging, inspiring and thought-provoking quote by St. Benedict, is the rich source of inspiration for the title of Leanna Tankersley’s book, appropriately subtitled “Stepping into the Next, New Moment.” This is a soulful and sacred invitation to anchor you to your true identity. A tender, powerful book, with a unique blend of candid honesty and expectant, soul-refreshing hope, it is an inspirational treasury of hope, filled with grace, that invites us to rest, renew and refresh ourselves, as we step into the next, new moment of each new day. It’s a challenge but one worth taking. I encourage you to read this life-transforming book.

Miriam Jacob



Finding Lady Enderly – Joanna Davidson Politano

“Finding Lady Enderly” by award-winning author, Joanna Davidson Politano is a splendid, endearing tale of whimsy, intrigue, danger and love, that cleverly captures the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary, humdrum, day-to-day lives, highlighting random acts of kindness, compassion and care.

The beautiful heroine, Raina, is a true vision of loveliness, with a vein of gold coursing through her veins, born with a lively, spirited imagination, noble and respectable in character though in dire financial straits. Raina wrestles with two identities – Lady Enderly’s and her own. It leads us all to ponder our own identities and who we really are at heart.
This is a classic novel of the romantic mystery of a misplaced heroine, on a compelling, spellbound journey into the world of ancestral inheritance. It explores the innocent, heartfelt loyalty of love. In a deeply-moving, dramatic story-within-a-story, full of puzzling Victorian intrigue, Joanna Davidson Politano skillfully combines the elements of romance and mystery to create a melodramatic plot twist to keep you captivated and spellbound until the loose ends of the mystery are all wrapped up. I highly recommend this awesome book by an extremely gifted and talented author.
Miriam Jacob

I HEAR CHRISTMAS – Tattie Maggard

“I Hear Christmas’ by Tattie Maggard is the first book in the Swiss Amish Christmas Series. The two main characters, Joy and Lucado opt to help out to teach Christmas songs to children in the Christmas program at the old Amish schoolhouse. As Lucas and Joy sing perfectly well together, the Christmas program is all set to be the best one ever. It brings tears to the eyes of the school teacher, Emily. As their voices blended together in perfect harmony, it gave Joy the extraordinary feeling of being a part of something much greater.

Lucas had a learning disability in school that made him rather slow-witted at times. However, Joy found him incredibly interesting as he sang so beautifully in a rich, clear voice. Lucas put real feeling into the songs he sang with gusto. He had an extraordinary ear for music and taught Joy to sing Christmas songs to reflect the true meaning of Christmas, with Christ’s spirit reconciling us to God and connecting us with heaven.

As Joy sang, Lucas felt a soulful connection with her. He was frank, honest and straightforward, but so extremely vulnerable. Joy knew that he had social limitations and feelings of his own to be protected. At the same time, Lucas was full of surprises, with childlike innocence radiating from his calm and serene face.

Music transformed Lucas to life, making him forget his disabilities and limitations. Yet, when the music stopped, he became distant and withdrawn. Music played a big part in Lucas’ life. It made him come alive. To deny it was to deny his very existence.

Lucas had an uncanny ability to see the deeper meaning in things. He was over-sensitive and felt emotions deeply. Soon, Joy and Lucas realized that both their hearts beat as one, “in a soulful exchange of hearts.”

I really like the sensitive way in which Tattie Maggard portrays the developing relationship between Lucas and Joy. I highly recommend this delightfully clean romance to all who wish to ‘hear’ the true meaning of Christmas in their hearts.

Miriam Jacob

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The Brides of Pecan Grove – Natasha Queen

  • Publication date: June 28, 2019
  • “The Brides of Pecan Grove” by Natasha Queen is a second chance sweet romance. It held my rapt attention from start to finish. As I read it, I was spellbound and captivated. The two main characters, Adam and Ava are so realistically portrayed and skillfully delineated that they actually spring to life with amazing wit and humor. You will be so utterly refreshed as you follow the lives of these two sensitive people, surrounded by trustworthy friends who truly love them. With painful, bittersweet memories, Ava’s unrequited love finally finds fruition in the beautiful pages of this awesome book. I highly recommend this lovely book by a truly gifted author, Natasha Queen.
  • Miriam Jacob

When You Need to Move a Mountain – Linda Evans Shepherd

Publisher: Revell, Baker Publishing Group. ISBN: 9781441221766. Price: $13.99.

“When You Need to Move a Mountain” by Linda Evans Shepherd holds the keys to praying with power. It explains the secrets of intercessory prayer, detailing prayer giftings to use prayer as a secret weapon to break down strongholds and achieve victorious breakthroughs for ourselves and others.

This inspiring book is like an instruction manual for prayer investigators who have mountains to move. Prayer moves the mountains that block God-planned destinies. Linda Evans Shepherd teaches us to be mountain movers, with a move-the-mountain prayer team. With unique prayer giftings, all things are possible through Christ. In this book, you will learn the deeper secrets of intercessory prayer, how to make a difference in a lost world, for the sake of God’s kingdom. You will stand in the gap for such a time as this.

When we intercede for others, we are prayer partners with God. Intercession pushes the enemy out and invites God in. Intercession trusts God to move mountains. When you intercede for others, you are a part of God’s miracle. Intercessory prayer moves mountains, barriers and obstacles to faith. Come and learn “How to Move a Mountain,” with Linda Evans Shepherd, in this awesome book.